AAA Honors Booster Seat Believers
Phoenix, Oct. 31, 2012. Earlier this year, Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation that enacted a booster seat law in Arizona. Yesterday, AAA Arizona recognized the individuals and entities that supported this measure as it made its way through the legislature and to the governor’s desk for approval.
“This life-saving legislation couldn’t have made it to the Governor’s desk without the leadership and support of several key individuals and organizations,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “AAA is appreciative of those who recognized the need and helped fight to close the loophole in Arizona’s flawed child passenger safety law.”
During a luncheon held yesterday, AAA recognized two lawmakers as legislative champions:
- Sen. Linda Gray sponsored the legislation in 2010 and 2011. Although the bill didn’t pass during these two sessions, the momentum it gained during these sessions was a critical success factor for 2012.
Rep. Nancy McLain sponsored the legislation in 2012, after changing her position on the bill after hearing testimony during the 2011 legislative session.
AAA also recognized two physician advocates from Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Both provided expert testimony throughout the legislative process:
- Sara Bode, MD
- David Notrica, MD, FAAP, FACC
AAA also recognized more than a dozen community partners for helping to ensure the legislation maintained momentum through grassroots efforts throughout the session:
- American Academy of Pediatrics, Arizona Chapter
- Arizona Department of Health Services
- Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
- Arizona Medical Association
- Arizona Trauma & Acute Care Consortium
- Banner Health
- Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
- Emergency Nurses Association, Arizona Council
- Phoenix Children’s Hospital
- Safe Kids Maricopa County
- Safe Kids Coconino County
- Safe Kids Yuma County
- Scottsdale Healthcare
- St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
AAA is an advocate for the safety and security of the motoring public. For more information on Arizona’s booster seat provision, visit http://www.az.aaa.com/news/booster-seat-faq.
AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.